Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Wick

Wick Heritage Centre

Tracking the rise and fall of the herring industry, this great town museum displays everything from fishing equipment to complete herring boats. It’s absolutely huge inside, and is crammed with memorabilia and exten…
Archaeological Site in East Caithness

Grey Cairns of Camster

Dating from between 4000 BC and 2500 BC, these burial chambers are hidden in long, low mounds rising from an evocatively lonely moor. The Long Cairn measures 60m by 21m. You can enter the main chamber, but must firs…
Viewpoint in Dunnet Head

Dunnet Head

Eight miles east of Thurso a minor road leads to dramatic Dunnet Head, the most northerly point on the British mainland. There are majestic cliffs dropping into the turbulent Pentland Firth, inspiring views of Orkne…
Museum in Thurso & Scrabster

Caithness Horizons

This museum brings Caithness history and lore to life through excellent displays. Fine Pictish cross-slabs greet visitors downstairs; the main exhibition is a wide-ranging look at local history using plenty of audio…
Castle in Mey

Castle of Mey

The Castle of Mey, a big crowd-puller for its Queen Mother connections, is 6 miles west of John O’Groats. The exterior is grand but inside it feels domestic and everything is imbued with the Queen Mum's character. T…
Historic Site in East Caithness

Whaligoe Steps

At Ulbster, 5 miles north of Lybster, this staircase cut into the cliff provides access to a tiny natural harbour, with an ideal grassy picnic spot, ringed by vertical cliffs and echoing with the cackle of nesting f…
Distillery in Wick

Old Pulteney

Though it can no longer claim to be the most northerly whisky distillery on mainland Scotland (that goes to the upstart Wolfburn in Thurso), friendly Pulteney still runs excellent tours twice or more daily (normally…
Beach in Dunnet Head

Dunnet Bay

Just west of the Dunnet headland, the sweeping curve of Dunnet Bay offers one of Scotland’s finest beaches, backed by high dunes and a campsite. Rangers organise guided walks here in summer. At the southern end of D…
Museum in East Caithness

Laidhay Croft Museum

This museum, just over a mile north of Dunbeath, recreates crofting life from the mid-1800s to WWII. It's in an 18th-century Caithness longhouse with a stable and byre at either end, thatched with local rushes; the …
Archaeological Site in East Caithness

Achavanich Stone Setting

Six miles to the northwest of Lybster and a mile off the A9, these 30 standing stones date from around 2000 BC. The crumbling monuments still capture the imagination with their desolate location. Nearby are the rema…